Did you get your $30?

On June 24, 2009

iPhoneIn what is unquestionably another sign of friction between Apple and AT&T, purchasers of the new iPhone GS experienced delays in the activation of their service.  To compensate them for their difficulty, Apple offer the users a $30 iTunes store credit.  It certain keeps things exciting regarding the fate of the contract between the two come next year. 

The e-mail sent to each customer reads:

Dear Apple Customer,

Thank you for your recent Apple Store order. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience caused by the delay in your iPhone activation.

We are still resolving the issue that was encountered while activating your iPhone with AT&T. Unfortunately, due to system issues and continued high activation volumes, this could take us up to an additional 48 hours to complete.

On Monday, you’ll receive an email from Apple with an iTunes Store credit in the amount of $30. We hope you will enjoy this gift and accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this delay has caused.

Thank you for choosing Apple.

Apple Online Store Team

I can’t wait for Apple to get out from under AT&T’s thumb and simply sell the phone.  Granted, the price would go up by about $400 or so.  Alternatively, allow every cellular service provider to offer their own subsidized version of the iPhone.

While I’m dreaming out loud, I want Verizon to offer service via SIM card.  In short, I’m still waiting for my Verizon iPhone.

So what did you purchase with your $30 credit?